WEEKLY BULLETIN | SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
College Park Day is next Saturday! Come out to this fun and free community event. Details below under Events.

NBC4 will be d oing an awesome preview of the event and you are all invited to attend the taping! We need an audience to really help hype the event. The on-air promotion will be on Wednesday, October 2 inside the College Park Aviation Museum. Please arrive by 5:30 a.m. Taping begins at 5:55 a.m. and ends by 7:00 a.m. Please RSVP here .
ANNOUNCEMENTS
End of Season Compost Sale
SMARTLEAF Compost is 25% off now through October 31 for pickup orders only!*

For a limited time only, get your screened SMARTLEAF compost for only $21/cubic yard when you pick up at our facility. This 25% savings won't last long - promotion ends on October 31, 2019 or while supplies last. Residency is not required.

Pick up your compost at:
City of College Park
Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue
College Park, MD 20740

For more information, visit  www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost  or call 240.487.3590.
*While supplies last. For pickup orders only. Promotion ends 10/31/2019.
Penn State vs UMD Football Game
On Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:00pm the University of Maryland will play Penn State at Maryland Stadium in College Park. This sold-out game is one of the most anticipated and talked about football matches this fall. The University of Maryland will not hold classes on campus after 12:00 p.m. and will provide administrative leave for staff to reduce traffic congestion from the thousands of fans coming to College Park.

To prepare for the game-related increase in traffic, please note the changes and recommendations below.

  • The 7300 block of Columbia Avenue will become a temporary No Parking Zone on September 27 from 6:00 a.m. until midnight. This is to allow Shuttle-UM service from the College Park Metro to the stadium.
  • Traffic may be quite heavy at times, especially on Baltimore Avenue, University Boulevard, and Kenilworth Avenue near the University. Please plan accordingly and allow extra time to reach your destination. Consider staying in and watching the game from the comfort of your home!
  • Please follow all traffic advisories from the University of Maryland Police Department.

For any additional information or further advisories/notices leading up to the game, please follow the City's Facebook and Twitter.

Game Day Text Alerts
If you would like to receive game day information text alerts regarding incidents, traffic problems, and other notifications about traffic pertaining to University of Maryland sporting events (including this and other football games), send a text message from your mobile device to 888777 with keyword: TerpsGameDay.
The Unruly Social Gatherings Ordinance, Explained
Recently there’s been a lot of press and discussion about the Unruly Social Gatherings Ordinance that was passed this week. To help clear up any confusion or incorrect information about the ordinance, here is an explanation of it with some FAQs.

Click here to read The Unruly Social Gatherings Ordinance, Explained: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=102
City Hall is Moving!
With construction of the new City Hall scheduled to begin next year, the current City Hall at 4500 Knox Road is closing.

All Mayor and Council meetings are now held at Davis Hall (9217 51st Avenue).

On Monday, October 7, the Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development and the Parking Enforcement Division of the Department of Public Services will relocate to 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 340 (in the same suite as the Department of Public Services). However, parking permit applications and parking ticket payments can be made at the current City Hall until Friday, October 11 at 12:00 p.m.

On Monday, October 14, Administration, Finance and Human Resources will relocate to 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 375. The building at 4500 Knox Road will be permanently closed to the public. 

Effective October 14, 2019, the new mailing address for City Hall will be 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 375, College Park, MD 20740. City phone numbers and office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) will remain the same.
Purple Line Construction Updates
For all Purple Line Construction Updates including lane closures, road work and more, please visit: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
A WEEK IN REVIEW
Department of Public Works
The Department attended the UMD Safety Walk on Monday evening. Notes were taken on malfunctioning streetlights and any other issues observed on the route. 

If you would like to start diverting your food scraps, we have 5-gallon food scrap buckets available at the Department during regular business hours. The buckets are useful to transport collected food scraps to the drop off location.

We continue to receive calls about trees maintenance on private property. Please note that the property owner is responsible for any tree issues on their property.

Tree programs offered by the City
  • Tree Planting in the Right-of-Way: If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home, please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options at 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP) on Private Property: The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property. Click here for more information and application.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Items available to purchase from the Department:

55-gallon rain barrels for $72 (don't forget about the County's rain check rebate to offset the cost!). Click here for more information.

Yard Waste Carts for City residents for $25. Click here for more information.

Backyard Composting Bins for $20 (City residents) and $40 (non-residents). Click here for more information.

SMARTLEAF® compost is on sale for pick-up orders only for $21/cubic yard (delivery is $28/cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12/cubic yard) are available for pick up and delivery. Click here for more information.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
September 13 - 19, 2019
9/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 46 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

9/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Campus Drive at College Avenue for a minor traffic violation. A driver’s license check revealed the driver was suspended and was previously cited on 9-19-19. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to DOC.

9/16 Contract officer assisted other units with the report of a rape in the 7400 block of Columbia Avenue. The investigation is ongoing.

9/16 Contract officer along with the beat officers responded to a call for a male running naked in the intersection of MD Rt. 193 at Metzerott Road. The male was located and EPS to PGGH.

9/17 Contract officer conducted a requested traffic assignment at 51st Avenue and Blackfoot Road regarding stop sign violations. 5 citations and 2 warnings were issued.

9/17 Contract officer responded to assist the parking enforcement officer in the 3500 block of Marlbrough Way with a disorderly citizen. The citizen fled prior to the officer’s arrival.

9/18 Contract officer conducted a requested traffic assignment at 51st Avenue and Blackfoot Road regarding stop sign violations. 7 warnings were issued.

9/18 Contract officer was flagged down by a female as she was being harassed by a homeless male. The male was located, and a field interview was conducted. Field observation report was completed.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 54
Warnings: 265
Equipment Repair Orders: 11
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 4
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 1
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 3
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 65
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 1
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
Monthly Public Safety Maps
The July maps are now available. For monthly Prince George's County Police public safety maps and statistical data for the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety .
CITY EVENTS
College Park Day
Saturday, October 5
College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Cpl Frank Scott Drive

Join your friends, neighbors and the entire College Park community at the 10th Annual College Park Day Festival on Saturday, October 5 at the College Park Aviation Museum and the Field of Firsts Foundation

This FREE event is fun for the whole family with live music, awesome kids zones, delicious food and drink, live performances, exhibitors and so much more! Plus free museum entry during the event!

Live performances from FUNSHO, Fantasm, Crush Funk Brass Band, Gymkana, DaCadence, Mandy the Clown, Cumbia One, Birds on a Wire and so much more.

Food and drink vendors include Taqueria Habanero, CB Grill, Kodi's Grill, Thai Amity Kitchen, Food by Sani, Mister Magic Ice Cream, UMD Dairy, Potomac Pizza, Maria's Pupuseria, Heavenly Created Dessert and Dogs, Maryland Meadworks, Denizens Brewing Co. and PINKAVA Coffee Co.

Event website: www.collegeparkday.org
Share and RSVP at our FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2037671889692799/
Department of Public Works Fall Cleanup Days
Saturdays, October 12 and 26
Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue

The Department will be open for City residents to drop-off bulky trash, electronics for recycling, brush, and yard trim.

FREE Smartleaf® Compost. City residents may pick up free Smartleaf® screened compost during the two clean-up day events. Limit 2 cubic yards per resident, per trip. You must bring proof of City of College Park residency to participate. We will load open bed trucks. If you don’t have a truck and want to get some compost, bring your own containers or bags as well as a shovel and be prepared to dig and get dirty.

The following will be available for purchase and pick-up: Rain barrels ($72), yard waste carts ($25), and backyard compost bins ($20).

You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of City residency to participate, although anyone can buy compost or wood mulch during this event.

Residents may dispose of one of each of the following items per year for free: air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators. Tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.

Hazardous materials will not be accepted (light bulbs/tubes, batteries, shingles, paint, etc.)

Two participating organizations Community Forklift and GreenDrop are accepting donations that are still in good condition. Clean out your homes, garages, and sheds, and bring the items you no longer use or need and donate them for reuse. Donations are tax deductible. The following types of materials will be collected separately so they may be reused:

Community Forklift: Items must be in good condition! Building, remodeling, and gardening materials – any surplus or salvaged items from your latest home or garden improvement job, including but not limited to bricks and pavers, tiles and flooring material, cabinets, solid wood doors, gardening supplies, and tools. For more information, click here .

GreenDrop: Clothing and household items – cookware, dishes, books, linens, games, toys, clothes, shoes, and intact furniture items (NO upholstered furniture or mattresses/box springs). For more information, click here .
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession
  • Closed Session following the meeting to discuss a personnel matter

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Jason's Deli

Community Police Meeting
  • October 3, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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